Workplace Shooting at Kraft Foods Inc

A Kraft Foods Inc. employee opened fire in the Northeast Philadelphia facility on September 10, 2010.  Yvonne Hiller, 43, had been suspended from her job following an altercation with her co-workers.  Hiller, who had worked at Kraft for 15 years, was escorted out of the building after being suspended.  According to The Associated Press, police said roughly 10 minutes later she drove a car through a security barrier and re-entered the building with a handgun and opened fire, killing two people and critically injuring a third.  Hiller was taken into police custody about an hour after the shootings started. She has been charged with two counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges.  Full story: msnbc.  The Kraft Foods shootings came weeks after a driver who had been accused of stealing from a Manchester, Connecticut, beer distributorship shot and killed eight people and then himself.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as “violent acts, including physical assaults and threats of assaults, directed toward persons at work or on duty.”  Workplace violence is any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting.  Workplace violence presents serious occupational safety hazards for workers.  It has been reported that during the last decade, homicide was the third leading cause of death for all workers and the leading cause of occupational death for female workers. A large number of these reported homicides were related to robberies and police and public security functions. The majority of violent type incidents affecting workplaces are cases of assaults, threats, domestic violence, forms of harassment and physical and/or emotional abuse.  For more information: NIOSH.

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